You simply cannot leave Darwin without celebrating the world’s oldest artistic practice by visiting some of Darwin’s fascinating art galleries.
Indigenous Australian Art reflects a 40,000 year old culture that’s based on spiritual beliefs and practices, and derived from “the Dreaming”. Art plays an important role in Aboriginal life and the quality of art coming out of Darwin and the Top End is outstanding.
Browsing among Indigenous artwork, you’ll begin to understand its powerful commentary from a people deeply connected to their land. You’ll discover how their art is closely linked to the Dreamtime – Aboriginal People’s understanding of the world and its creation by their Ancestral Spirits. And through their use of traditional symbols and colours, you’ll ‘hear’ their reinterpretation of their spoken stories in the paintings.
Darwin galleries hold a rich diversity of art from large scale paintings to beadwork, bark paintings, sculpture, jewellery, photography, ceramics, craft and more. So here’s a quick rundown of must-see Darwin art galleries…
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)
The Northern Territory’s premier cultural organisation is home to internationally renowned cultural and scientific collections and research and exhibition programs.It also has a huge collection of traditional and contemporary Indigenous art and one of the largest collections of photographs of NT rock art. 19 Conacher St, Darwin.
The Original Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery
Discover a range of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal paintings, works on bark, hand-woven baskets, didgeridu, and carvings in a peaceful space. Cnr Mitchell & Knuckey St, Darwin
A beautiful art gallery specialising in indigenous art from the Utopia region of Central Australia, featuring both traditional and contemporary styles. Top End of Australia artists are also represented along with giftware and souvenirs. 30 The Mall, Darwin
Framed Art Gallery
One of the largest galleries in Australia, encompassing ten exhibition spaces, Framed exhibits the work of highly respected local and interstate artists, hosting many major exhibitions a year. Aboriginal artists’ communities are also strongly represented. You’ll find art, craft including jewellery and locally crafted furniture. 55 Stuart Highway, Stuart Park, Darwin
Mason Aboriginal Art Gallery
Displays works by many major artists of the Northern Territory, Papunya, Kintore, Kiwirrkura, Utopia, Eastern desert areas and Arnhemland. Their painting style is easily recognisable with its distinctive Tingari designs and use of bright bold colours. 7/21 Cavanagh Street
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Words by Alison Bennett for Holidays of Australia & the World.